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Hi I'm Sandra

I'm a wife and mother to 4. I'm a logical cynic. I'm a Latter-Day Saint.

About Me

Hi, my name is Sandra. I'm the wife to a resident physician, and the mother to 4 incredible children and a beagle. My eldest, a son, was diagnosed at the age of 4 1/2 as high-functioning Autistic with Sensory Processing Disorder. I also have two girls and another son. In my *cough* free time, I enjoy sewing, beading, reading and watching movies or old TV shows.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and come from a long line of members on both sides. When I was growing up, I went to church because, simply, I was Mormon, and that's what Mormons do. I read my scriptures and prayed because I was Mormon, and that's what Mormons do. I went on like this through my childhood and most of my teenage years. Then the day came that I went off to college at Utah State, about 2 hours from my hometown. Much of the campus was LDS, and thus, I continued doing all the things I'd been doing because I was Mormon, and that's what Mormons do. Through all this, I didn't really consider much about my faith in the church. I had faith in my parents, and they had faith in the church. I had faith in my church and youth leaders, and they had faith in the church. Why should I question it? However, my second year at school, I did begin to. I realized that "because I'm Mormon, and that's what Mormons do" wasn't a good enough reason for me. I consider myself driven by logic, and a verified cynic. I don't base my secular beliefs on just what people say, but rather I research and listen to other options, and make my decision. So why was I basing my theological beliefs simply on tradition and 'that's what Mormons do." That year, I started looking into what I truly believed. I learned about other religions, past and present. I read the Bible and the Book of Mormon. And I prayed. At first, my logical side threw up big red flags as to the logical improbability of the church's basis. A 14 year-old boy, being visited by God? Angels? Gold Plates? It seemed to strain credibility. However, when push came to shove, I discovered that, as Joseph Smith said, "I knew it [the truth], and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it". While oft-times, my logical side expressed incredulity about my faith in so much that seems improbable, I know the truth of it. I have had the Holy Ghost impress upon me the truth of it, and I can not deny it.

How I live my faith

My living of my faith is primarily in small ways. I am raising my children to know the tenants of their religion, and urging them to gain their testimonies on their own, instead of believing for belief's sake. I do my best to fulfill my callings in the church to the very best of my ability, instead of just calling it 'good enough' like I have the bad habit of doing in other parts of my life at times. Currently I am a teacher in the Relief Society, one of the oldest and largest women's organizations in the world. One Sunday a month, I get the privilege of prayerfully studying out a lesson and presenting it to the other ladies in our congregation. It is an incredible experience, to not only help my fellow women to understand more of the gospel, but to learn from them and their experience they share, as well. I also am a Visiting Teacher. Visit Teaching is a marvelous revelation where a partnership of sisters visit usually from 2 to 6 other sisters in the Branch or Ward once a month. It's an incredible system where each sister in the church has a part of Visit Teachers to lift, inspire, and assist them if needed. I am so grateful for Visit Teaching, because it emphasizes to me that there is no one that is inconsequential to the Church nor the Lord, and offers us, as members, the opportunity to serve the Lord and our fellow members.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Sandra
A testimony is, simply put, an expression of your faith and beliefs. When we bear our testimony, we share with ourselves and others our knowledge of God and His goodness. Our belief in the Saviour and his divinity. Our faith for "things hoped for but not seen." (Ether 12:6) I have a firm testimony that Jesus is my Saviour and Redeemer. That he came to Earth to save us from our sins, mistakes and poor choices. I know that "God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son." (John 3:16) I know that God loves us so much, that He would not have the world in confusion, with some saying one thing in the name of God, and others another. God is a God of order, and through the Prophet Joseph Smith, He has restored the truth and order of His gospel onto the Earth. The Lord has said that There is one way, one truth and one Light, and I bear my testiment that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the way, it has the FULL truth, and will lead you to the Light, which is our Lord Jesus Christ. While I know that most churches have much good, and much truth, having the FULL truth is why I am a member of this church. I thank you for reading this, my testimony, and leave it here in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Sandra
Most certainly I do believe in a prophet alive today! God has stated that he is "The same, yesterday, today and tomorrow." Does God love his children of yesteryear more than his children of today? Does he value his followers of old more than those of us who follow him in the present time? No. God is no respecter of persons. It is not logical that a loving Heavenly Father would give prophets to those in the Bible and Book of Mormon, and yet not to his children in this time. A prophet directs the church, he speaks the word of God to all. I am so grateful that we still have a prophet, Thomas S. Monson, to lead us today. In this world of chaos and confusion, we are led down the straight and narrow path by the word of God, which is given to all the world through the voice of his servant, the prophet. Show more Show less